Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Journal furnishing social scientific analysis to understand problems of social policy, politics, and welfare.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, June

Child Support Payment and Child Visitation: Perspectives from Nonresident Fathers and Resident Mothers
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the child support and visitation perspectives of nonresidential fathers and custodial mothers. The focus of the study was to present definitions of child support from both noncustodial fathers...
Discrimination and Human Capital: A Challenge to Economic Theory & Social Justice
This article reports findings of a study using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to test the rational choice theory that discrimination discourages investments in human capital. Nearly 60% of the study sample (N=5585) reported job-hiring...
Disempowering Minorities: A Critique of Wilkinson's `Task for Social Scientists and Practitioners'
In this article, I examine Wilkinson's (2000) injunction that practitioners "omit entirely the `minority' concept" (pp. 124-25). I maintain that Wilkinson's argument disempowers groups--such as gays and the disabled-who have used a "minority" identity...
Perceived Effects of Voluntarism on Marital Life in Late Adulthood
The article presents a study dealing with the perceived effects of voluntarism on marital life in late adulthood among a sample of 595 Israelis (336 men and 259 women). These perceptions were examined from three perspectives: benefits, spousal accommodation,...
School Social Work in Hartford, Connecticut: Correcting the Historical Record
This paper corrects the historical record on why and how school social work began in Hartford and who was instrumental in establishing the new service. The findings, based on a study of primary sources, revealed that a school principal, and not...
The Clinical Irrelevance and Scientific Invalidity of the "Minority" Notion: Deleting It from the Social Science Vocabulary
A systematic socio-linguistic and historical analysis of the minority label reveals its multiple irregularities and imperfections. These encompass a misleading array of vastly dissimilar nationality or group designations and the erroneous comparison...
The Disease Model of Alcoholism: A Kuhnian Paradigm
Despite the fact that the disease model of alcoholism has lost its status as paradigm in international circles, the alcoholism research and treatment community in the United States maintains steadfast allegiance to the tenets of the disease model....
When Social Program Responsibilities Trickle Down: Impacts of Devolution on Local Human Services Provision
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) shifted responsibility for public assistance from the federal government to the states. This study examined early impacts of this devolution and related program...
Will Churches Respond to the Call? Religion, Civic Responsibility, and Social Service *
Despite national calls for churches to become more involved in social service, many churches may not be willing or able to respond. Drawing on sociological theory, previous research, and interviews with pastors and parish social ministers from Catholic...